John C Dvorak, Leo Laporte, and a couple of other folks involved in This Week in Tech (TwiT) had a meeting together at the Apple campus at 1 Infinite Loop in Cupertino this past Monday, and they ended up having an informal battle of the navigation apps in the three cars they were each driving. TWiT CEO Lisa Kentzell and marketing guy Glenn Rubenstein were in one car, using Apple Maps, while Laporte was using Waze, Dvorak using Google Maps.
Dvorak wrote the story up over at PC Magazine, and claims that Apple Maps got the TWiT folks to the Apple campus faster than either Waze, which came in dead last, or Google Maps. We can count on this being the truth of their experience, as anyone of Dvorak’s stature might have a hard time admitting that he lost a race.
Dvorak feels that Google Maps is getting “a little ragged,” making note of several inaccurate routing directions in his test, including a discrepancy in left/right directions in a couple of cases. He also notes that the app has not re-routed him around a traffic issue in many months, an issue that he feels takes a bit of the shine off the Google Maps experience, and feels that it extends to the web-based directions as well.
It’ll be interesting if he switches over to Apple Maps for a bit, and writes up his observations. For, as fun as this test is, it’s no substitute for using the competing product for a while and making up your own mind.
- Source PC Mag